Awsworth pupils in national final

Stage-struck pupils at Awsworth Primary School wowed a packed audience at Nottingham’s Albert Hall to win the East Midlands Great Big Dance Off... Primary and Junior Schools championships.

Inspired by their teachers Claire Watson and Linda Stokes, the 28-strong all-conquering Awsworth contingent rolled back the years to the 1940s with spot on dance routines that impressed a panel of judges.

Looking the part in authentic costumes, Awsworth’s pupils from Year 3 to Year 6, have been rehearsing routines for four months.

Dancing to a medley of music from Glenn Miller, in a category billed as In the Mood for a Boogie Woogie, Awsworth’s performers fulfilled all the judges requirements.

There were gasps of amazement when it was announced that Awsworth had racked up a final score total of 356 points, ten more than the runners-up to take the Great Big Dance Off trophy.

As a reward for their success the school has now qualified for the National Finals in Birmingham in June.

“Winning this competition is a massive feather in our school’s cap,” said headteacher Jane Mainprize

“To compete against 23 primary and secondary schools in a competition is a massive challenge to anyone.”

“But to emerge as the overall winners is simply a fantastic achievement.”

Delighted teachers Claire Watson and Linda Stokes who directed the pupils during their routines were over the moon.

“All the time and effort and practice has paid handsome dividends and we are very proud of the young stars,” they said.

As a treat for family members the Dance Off winners gave a performance at a special assembly showcasing their talents and proudly showing off the winners trophy.